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Dwyane Wade’s nephew shot in wave of violence in Chicago

Mar 31, 2012, 2:34 AM EDT

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami Reuters

Heat star Dwyane Wade’s nephew was one of 13 people shot — two fatally — in a violence spree in Chicago.

Wade said that he learned of what happened Thursday night and said his nephew was on his mind as he dropped 30 on the Toronto Raptors in a Heat win Friday night. From the Associated Press.

“I played for him and with him in mind,” Wade said. “I was 9 years old when he was born. I was an uncle at 9 years old. A lot of thoughts go through your mind. … My prayers go out to all the families involved, especially the one family who lost a child. My prayers go out to them. It’s tough.”

The Wade family has chosen not to release the name of the injured relative. He was in a South Side store when hooded men came in the store and shot six men, one fatally. Wade said he did not have a lot of details.

“My family tried to keep me out of it while I was playing the game,” Wade said. “So now that the game is over hopefully I can call and get a chance to talk to them.”

Wade has a foundation that works in his native Chicago to try and reduce gun violence. He and his Heat teammates also had recently shown support for the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed youth who was shot and killed in a community outside Orlando.

There were a series of shootings around the same time Thursday around Chicago, a city that has seen a rise of violence since the start of the year, according to reports.

Our thoughts are with the Wade family and all the families of those injured or killed in the recent rash of violence.

  1. 700levelvet - Mar 31, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    you played for him?………please…….As if any NBA game has any signifigance to violence on the street………….But the shooters were reported to be wearing hoodies…….Do you want to write a catch phrase on your sneaks, pose for a facebook page……..As it will make a difference, but i guess this isn’t the correct PR moment…………..

    • spellingcopfather - Mar 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM

      You sir are stupid!!!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      Several unbelievable posts from you between 3:14 and 6:30 on a Saturday morning. How sad. Drunk. Alone. Done beating off. With nothing better to do than channel your self loathing through a series of hateful and ignorant posts on a stupid basketball website about a guy you’ve never met, never will meet, has never done anything to you, and never will do anything to you. Seriously dude, time to re-evaluate.

      • hojo20 - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:03 PM

        Anyone know where I can buy a hoodie & some Skittles?

    • david8726 - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      Wow, you’re a really sad little jerk to pick this moment to bash on the guy.

      Everyone has their own way to coping with bad events in their life. Playing with passion was Wade’s way of coping. Lots of athletes play with their families in mind when tragedy strikes.

  2. losangelasbasketball - Mar 31, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    hoodie over the head = someone’s getting shot

  3. danger19 - Mar 31, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    Hoodies? The shooters were racist this needs to be blown up in the media! Whos with me? Let’s get the ball rolling.

  4. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 31, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    People got shot, and people need to poke fun? Sometimes people disgust me.

  5. 700levelvet - Mar 31, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    So…..as a multi millionare, who has a foundation to stop the violence in inner cities, you don’t pull your nephew out of this cycle of violence? Your sisters child, is still left to fend for his own, on the south side, this makes no sense, I guess south beach is worse than chicago………….LOL……… it would cost a fraction of your salary to do this, and i am sure they would have complied,but you played for him………but, al and jessie have brainwashed you to want justice………Wade has become the biggest fraud in the NBA…………

    • havlicekstoletheball - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      Seems Al and Jesse come down with laryngitis when it is time to talk about the 94% of black youths killed by other blacks. Strange, that.

      They must have talked themselves hoarse repeating the newly-invented term “white-Hispanic”.

      Oh, and doesn’t Chicago have some of the strictest gun laws in the nation? Didn’t help much. Who knew that criminals wouldn’t obey the law? But they do know that those who do obey will be unarmed.

      • havlicekstoletheball - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-04-02/news/os-two-arrested-seminole-beating-20120402_1_victim-arrest-affidavits-crimeline

        Al? Jesse? Holder? Barack? Nuthin’?

        Good thing you are not opportunistic, bigoted, race-baiting grubbers.

    • david8726 - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      You know absolutely nothing about Wade’s family situation and you’re a complete jack@ss for judging the guy from afar as you are in this situation.

      • havlicekstoletheball - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM

        Get bent. I know that a young man’s life seems not to be worth anything to the race-baiters unless there is a chance he was shot by a “white” guy and there is money/power to be gained from the incident.

  6. olderkat - Mar 31, 2012 at 5:22 AM

    yeah I agree he could at least moved his sister out the hood. you can take a person out the hood but u can’t take the hood out of that person

  7. chitownjeff - Mar 31, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    Seriously…take both of yr hands and wrap them around yr throat..then squeeze…

  8. 700levelvet - Mar 31, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Do you and the wifey LeBron…….Want justice Now?……..No, i doubt it, it’s just life in the Hood…..It’s funny, Black on Black crime, is a segment of society, and we gotta stop the violence, but white on black crime, is a reason to have a rally, and the racial arsonists Al and Jessie get their dirty hands involved…….But i glad you “played”for him then…….it means so much

  9. 24thesho - Mar 31, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Wade has the money to move his family to a safer area. Why are they still living there after all of the success he has had? How much could it cost him, about $300,000 dollars? An fine from the NBA could be a down payment on a decent house in a decent neighborhood even if they didn’t want to move to far from where they are now, or perhaps they do live in a better part of town and he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. I really don’t get it, especially if it’s his sister’s or brother’s son.

    • 24thesho - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      I meant, “too” far. Remember to spell correctly, kids!

  10. eagles512 - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Perhaps his family doesn’t want to move. We don’t know. But I do agree with 700’s point.

  11. dashortstop517 - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Why can’t the world be peaceful just for a year. I mean we still have football and hockey, but no Robbers, no crimes no wars

  12. olderkat - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    i agree get the family out the hood. he makin millions. Who don’t want to move in a safer area. I know that’s what he’s thinking.

  13. cap1378 - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Figures the shooter had a hoodie on. Where’s al sharpton when you need him?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Figures some moron thinks he’s a gddam genius.

  14. thisisether - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Wow…. Bottom line, his nephew got shot, why not give your prayers and move on??

  15. junebug42 - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    For the IDIOTS saying D Wade should move his family to a “better part of town” should know what there talking about b4 they open there big mouths!!!!! FYI I know D Wade & the dude who got shot..good friends of mine & yes he did move his family out of the HOODIE I Mean HOOD!! & one more piece of info he got shot on the “WHITE” side of town..

  16. josh928 - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Seriously pathetic that a mans nephew is shot and so many of u people take it as a chance to take a shot at a guy ur jealous of..can I ask y’all how being pathetic feels?

    • havlicekstoletheball - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      No, but you can ask him:

      http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-30/news/os-george-zimmerman-trayvon-al-sharpton-20120330_1_civil-disobedience-national-action-network-national-association

    • sasquash20 - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      It is sad. 13 People in one day in one city get shot and people show their true colors. I cringe when I think about the future for my daughter.

  17. tilllman40 - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Ghetto p.o.s. Who cares

    • sasquash20 - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      That is the problem. We are talking about human beings. People remember you by how you treat the young, the old, the poor, and the sick. You may not be poor, but you were young once, you will be sick at some time, and god willing you will be old eventually. I hope you have enough people to care for you when you need the help. People are to self centered in this world we live in. You need to wake up and think about who you are if you really believe what you said. I feel sorry for you.

  18. tilllman40 - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Maybe the Heat can take another picture without geting all the facts , where are all the media whore athletes over this one

  19. seanb20124 - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Give peace a chance

  20. rodge1 - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    @700levelvet

    You are obviously a very lonely and angry little man. You deserve every bit of it. Keep hiding behind your keyboard, it’s the only way you’ll survive

  21. wherezwaldo - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    TM was thug.

  22. asublimeday - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Not much you can do about it when you’ve abandoned your family to play in glittery Miami instead of staying true to where you’re from.

    • david8726 - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      You’re an idiot. You don’t get to pick where you’re drafted in the NBA. He was drafted by Miami and has chosen to stay there.

      Is every athlete who doesn’t at some point return to play in their home town (which is 95% of professional athletes) “abandoning their family?”

      Get out.

  23. sasquash20 - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    It is 2012 people get real. I hate the Heat and Wade but they are right to want justice over the TM killing. The guy used a racial term after the cops told him not to do anything, that the police are on there way. You don’t shoot the kid. That guy is a racist and should be punished to the full extent of the law. He gives us non racist white people a bad name. I hope he spends the nest 25-50 years in prison.

    As far as Wade’s nephew all I can say is that sucks. Crime is usually out of desperation, and poverty. It is just sad what some people have to go through. Doesn’t make what happened right, but it does make one wonder why. Some of you question why he even lives there, but you only assume. You don’t know what kind of living situation he has or anything. Wade could have offered to move the entire family. We don’t know. They maybe wanted to stay in the city near their family and friends.

  24. asublimeday - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    It is sad. 13 People in one day in one city get shot and people show their true colors. I cringe when I think about the future for my daughter
    —————–

    Sorry if we don’t pity a man who had lottery-style money and left his family in the hood.

    • sasquash20 - Mar 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      You should pity the people who got hurt, not Wade.

  25. thraiderskin - Mar 31, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Damn… can’t people just say “what a shame?” I’m angry with the way information was initially presented in the Florida case too, but it doesn’t mean that this incident and that one aren’t still a terrible shame.

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